A few years ago when Hermès renovated its NYC flagship it decided to exile its men’s shop across the street to its very own stand-alone shop. This resulted in a first for the storied French luxury brand, the world’s only Hermès men’s shop. Not only is it exclusively menswear, but the shop also boasts one of the most lust-worthy bespoke programs ever imagined. It’s like a French Savile Row, except the workrooms aren’t downstairs, they’re in Paris.
The bottom two levels offer a normal selection of accessories and sportswear that have made Hermès the most well-respected luxury brands in the world. But it’s when you land on the third floor that you discover the truly magical items – shirts, sweaters, suits, leather goods and, of course, ties – that comprise the Hermès bespoke program.
When making a bespoke suit, you can choose to line the jacket with the iconic Hermès silk scarves. This process requires going across the street to the Hermès women’s shop to select and purchase the four scarves that it will take to finish the jacket. These scarves are then shipping off to France where the suits are made. This obviously adds significantly to the price of the suit, but if you are getting a bespoke suit made at Hermès this is likely of little concern.
The custom shirt program is extensive all of the custom shirts are made in France. Hermès offers a massive selection of collars, cuffs, and fabrics, all cut to your exact measurements. There is also an option for an especially design monogram or cipher should you want to take the personalization further. Hermès can make almost anything into a custom monograph: family crest, initials, or whatever else you could desire. Apparently, there are some limits to this, profanity being one indulgence in which Hermès must abstain.
With the bespoke program, each shirt fit has its own pattern made specifically to your specifications. To achieve an exacting fit, after the measurements are sent to Paris a muslin mockup is sent from the workshop there to the store in NYC for a fitting. Any changes that need to be made are done with the muslin and will be reflected in the final shirt. It’s a process more focused on quality than speed or price. If a shirt is needed quickly, Hermès offers ready to wear options in various sizes, or the made to measure program is slightly faster. The bespoke (and this is certainly one of the few legitimate uses of that word) shirts are some of the finest, if not the best, men’s shirts available anywhere in the world.
The procedure for the suits is done in much of the same way. Measurements, fabric selections, style selections, lining decisions, muslins are made, the final suit is crafted, and then more fittings. All of this is done between the store in New York and the workshops in Paris. It’s a long process, but one that yields fantastic results.
Another option is the custom cashmere program, where you can basically design your own sweater. The whole idea at Hermès is to make people the product they want, within reason of course. The way I understand it, the custom program is highly flexible and accommodating – so long as money is not an issue and you have a healthy amount of patience. In this case, it is very apparent that good things do come to those who wait.
Below are sizing options for the MTM suits, which are based on several existing models and styles. A classic fit and a more modern slim fit, all of which are very nice in their own right.
Hermès Men’s | 690 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065 | (212) 308-3585